The other day, I purchased a card to send to someone I hadn’t heard from in a while. We’d lost touch with one another, (I typically send this person a birthday greeting every year, this year due to unnecessary preoccupations I forgot). So to make it up to them I decided that I would write them a handwritten note in a card. There was only one problem once I started to write it……my penmanship was horrible!!!
Oh my goodness, what was I to do??? The only thing I could do, go out and buy another card ( I actually purchased 6 different ones and some nice stationary:couldn’t risk it happening again). I kept looking at the words on the paper and I couldn’t understand, how someone who’s handwriting used to be so nice and ever-flowing, could be so scratchy and jumbled:( I remembered all the things I write on a weekly basis, and then it hit me…
I BARELY WRITE WITH A PEN OR PENCIL ANYMORE!
Well, there’s the occasional slip of paper which I sign when I use my credit cards or the occasional I check that I write. I even keep a journal…An Electronic one on my flashdrive. So, that doesn’t count. Well, I take notes…um actually that’s on the electronic post its I apply to my desktop on my computer (if you don’t have it on your computer, you’re missing out!) But as for writing handwritten details…I’ve realized that I have lost the ability to write by hand:(
So with that being said, I did actually finish my letter a full two pager and even wrote a sweet inscription on the card too:) Yeah, but you don’t want to know what kind of pain my fingers were in when I completed it! But all of this caused me to think that with things becoming so technological, we’re going to lose the ability and the personalization of handwriting. Most importantly, there may soon become a time, when the pen and pencil will cease to exist. But because I’m such a problem solver…I’ve decided to challenge myself.
How will I fix the problem? I’m challenging myself to write at least one handwritten note a week to someone that I feel could use encouragement or just a little a little token of affection. We spend so much time focused on ourselves, at time we don’t recognize that the small things matter so much to people. But it’s a win/win, because you don’t lose the ability to write grammatically correct, (with short hand being used so much, you’d be surprised at how many mistakes you’re sending) and improve your penmanship. After all, if you don’t use them…you WILL lose them.
So I’m challenging you to do this as well. How many are on your sick and shut in list at church? How do you think they’d feel to receive a handwritten note, just letting them know you’re in their thoughts/prayers? How many people in your family could use the simplest handwritten words of encouragement? What about friends in groups on Facebook? What about your clubs and organizations, where you say you care…what could happen if you just went an extra step to send them a thank you note that shows you value their friendship? What about teaching your children to do those things? What about encouraging your Sunday school group, or your bible study group? It’s 44 cents a week.
So go ahead! Save the pen & pencil from becoming obsolete! And help enhance a life too!!!
Just my Savvy Two Cents…